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category national | anti-capitalism | opinion/analysis author Wednesday December 31, 2014 15:48author by IonS Report this post to the editors

Deputy Sean Barrett as we now know, is a major shareholder in a Jersey based investment vehicle called Grove Ltd which in turn runs a major care homes based in the UK and now as it turns out controls the Barchester Healthcare empire of more than 200 care homes. Grove Ltd as it happens is also a major shareholder in Cygnet, one of the largest private provider of psychiatric care services to the NHS.

Deputy Barrett is key shareholder along with four of Ireland's billionaire financiers, JP McManus, Dermot Desmond, Denis Brosnan and John Magnier, all known for their love of horses and hence the link with Deputy Barrett through his plethora of bloodstock companies. No only was Deputy Barrett exposed through this medium as a secret millionaire who hadn't disclosed his true income to the Dail Register but it can be revealed that one of the companies Casterbridge is owned by his financier colleagues and was culpable in the death of two-year-old Rhiya Malin at its Eton Manor nursery in Chigwell, Essex in 2007.

Castlebeck Ltd which uses the trading name Casterbridge Care is owned by fellow Irishman Denis Brosnan and his son Paul Brosnan who in turn own Jersey-based Lydian Capital, which is backed by fellow Irish tycoons JP McManus, John Magnier and Dermot Desmond. What makes the situation more appalling was that it emerged that Casterbridge had re-registered the nursery under a different company name presumably to avoid prosecution or litigation.

Castlebeck Ltd was also the company behind Winterbourne View, the care home at the centre of the a BBC Panorama abuse exposé concerning the serious abuse of clients in the home in 2011 and caused the resignation of key management including Chairman Paul Brosnan the son of billionaire financier Denis Brosnan.

The primary point of this post is two things, one is to expose Deputy Barrett's further involvement and his non disclosure to the register in both Barchester and Cygnet through his shares in Grove Ltd and then his involvement with four of Ireland's billionaires which is at odds with his position as Ceann Comhairle because of his business dealings.

Deputy Barrett should now take serious stock of his position as Ceann Comhairle and fully consider tendering his resignation without further adieu!

author by ISpublication date Sun Jan 04, 2015 19:26author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Deputy Barrett has some pertinent questions to answer so lets start here because a lot of people are confused as to the real purpose of the trip and this is an ideal opportunity for him to clear it all up!


1. Why did you, Deputy Barrett go to China and promote one of Denis O'Brien's companies called China HR to the Chinese leadership and do it at taxpayers expense and especially when this is clearly not your role nor within your remit as Ceann Comhairle? How many other Irish owned companies did you promote and visit on that trip?

2. Who asked you to use your influence in bringing the Dublin-based Saongroup, owners of China HR, to the specific attention of the Chinese authorities and what did you receive in return for facilitating the request?

3. Why would a man whose only job is to chair and shield this government from flack be asked to go to China and promote a specific company for a well known Fine Gael benefactor? It was said that the Chinese Ambassador to Ireland approached you to undertake the trip and bring a delegation with you and if that is correct then you will have no issue with answering the following questions:

4. Why didn't the Ambassador approach the Minister for Jobs,Enterprise and Innovation ministerial office first, which is the correct protocol route for requesting trade delegations? If he did, then who actually requested you (as Ceann Comhairle) to lead the delegation and can you furnish a copy of the Itinerary as set out by the Chinese authorities showing that they had allotted a time for your visit to China HR or did you undertake that quest on your own volition?

Perhaps Deputy Barrett would be prepared to make a press statement with his own explanation of the above?


This is where things get very very interesting for Deputy Barrett. There were two stops made in Dubai, one on the outward leg to China and one on the way back from China. Dubai is a normal pit stop for long haul flights and it wouldn't be irregular to use it as a few days in the sun with some sightseeing and shopping for any ordinary tourist but then again Deputy Barrett wasn't any ordinary tourist.

1. Would Deputy Barrett also care to name the individuals the both he and his private secretary Mr Brendan Conroy met with in Dubai according to his statement to the media on the 7th of July 2013 so that the stopover can be justified as per your claim for expenses to the Clerk of the Dail, Kieran Coughlan?

2. Would Deputy Barrett furnish the receipts for the hotel that both he and his private secretary stayed in during their stopover in Dubai on both legs of the trip?

3. Did Deputy Barrett and Mr Conroy both claim expenses for their stay in Dubai when they were not authorised to do so by the then Clerk of the Dail, Kieran Coughlan?


4. Would Deputy Barrett kindly tell the taxpaying public what else he visited while in Dubai and can he confirm or deny his alleged co-ownership of a luxurious property that was supposedly purchased several years ago as part of a consortium of Irish investors and that he may have conveniently forgotten to add to the Dail register of TD's Interests?

Perhaps Deputy Barrett would also care to release a statement to the media that contradicts any of the above?

author by Ruapublication date Mon Jan 05, 2015 09:25author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Sounds like the Ceann Comhairle is a corrupted man.Like i said in the title corruption is not just in the charlie haughey era,its even more so now with more of an EU flavour with unelected EU officials at the core( you know barroso was once convicted of fraud and is a fully paid up member of the EU)you know enda kenny that infamous EU puppet...

I wonder how many backhanders were done in order to get the irish water deal pushed through,we are so complacent now,100k+ may have come out on the streets protesting but how many didnt..

There is blood on those peoples hands,and their children will suffer because of their sheer apathy...

We have been reduced to little more than consumers in this modern age,we are not fighting human beings anymore. I think i a way we get what we deserve.

At the heart of irish society now,is not a passion for idealism or the statesmen who shaped ireland back in 1916,at the heart of our society is lemmings engaged in consumer brand worship,kim kardashian, E channel and justin beiber,and other vacuous celebrities.

As long as we worship these products,and celebrities,instead of being a consciencous political activist,we can truly say we got what we deserved.

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